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Am I eligible to receive PCA Services?

 

To be eligible to receive PCA Services, you must meet these four minimum requirements:

  1. Live in Minnesota.

  2. Be eligible to receive Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare

    • Medical Assistance (MA) is a state health care program which provides necessary medical services for disabled and elderly (65 or older) Minnesotans who have limited income and assets. 

    • MinnesotaCare enrollees get health care services through a health plan. You can choose your health plan from those serving MinnesotaCare enrollees in your county. 

  3. Be able to make decisions about your own care or have a responsible party  who can make decisions on our behalf.

  4. Meet with a Public Health Nurse from your county to have a PCA Assessment.  This assessment will determine if you require “constant supervision” or “hands on assistance” to complete at least 1 (one) Activity of Daily Living (ADL) or have a Level 1 Behavior.

 

Review the Eligibility Policy Manual to learn more.  

What happens at the PCA Assessment?

 

During the PCA Assessment, a Public Health Nurse will ask you questions and observe you to determine your need for PCA Services.  As mentioned above, in order to qualify for services you need to be “dependent” in at least one Activity of Daily Living (ADL), such as bathing or eating, or have one Level 1 behavior such as cognitive deficits or resistance to care. 

 

If you need assistance with several ADLs instead of just one or two, you will likely receive more assistance.  Needing assistance with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), such as communication or household tasks, will likely get you more help than if you only need assistance with non-instrumental ADLs. 

How do I get started?

 

Getting started isn't very difficult at all.  Here are the steps involved. 

  1. Contact CarePoint Home Health so we can determine your program eligibility.

  2. We will then provide you with the phone number to request a Personal  Care Assessment.

  3. During the assessment, a county Public Health Nurse will determine how many hours of service you are eligible to receive.

  4. We will employ and train the caregiver of your choice or someone from our staff.

  5. Your services begin with the PCA of your choice.